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Help! Component selection for gaming pc under $AU2000

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August 8, 2012 8:11:13 AM

Hello,
I am looking to buy components for a gaming pc in australia. I have a budget of $AU 2000 which would not include a monitor or operating system.
I have been researching and have thought about this build:
i7 3820
AsRock x79 etreme 3
thermaltake level 10gt case
850W+ PSu
16 gb ram 2133mhz or more
60gb SSD ( foroperating system)
1 TB samsung hd
gtx 670/ati 7970
Bluray Optical Drive
August 8, 2012 8:49:45 AM

looks good but i dont think a 850W psu is necessary, 700 should be fine. And also, you should apreciate a bigger ssd so you can put games and programs you use frequently and some temporary files.
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August 8, 2012 9:39:16 AM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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August 8, 2012 10:23:14 AM

wraith2k said:
Hello,
I am looking to buy components for a gaming pc in australia. I have a budget of $AU 2000 which would not include a monitor or operating system.
I have been researching and have thought about this build:
i7 3820
AsRock x79 etreme 3
thermaltake level 10gt case
850W+ PSu
16 gb ram 2133mhz or more
60gb SSD ( foroperating system)
1 TB samsung hd
gtx 670/ati 7970
Bluray Optical Drive



With that budget I would do something like this.


http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $149.00
CoolerMaster HAF XM Case

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $25.00
CoolerMaster CM Storm Force Red LED 200mm

or...

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $145.00
Corsair Carbide 500R Case - Black

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $189.00
Seasonic M12II 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Modular Power Supply

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $189.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Motherboard

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $239.00
Intel Core i5 3570K

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $75.00
CoolerMaster TPC 812 CPU Cooler

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $65.00
G.Skill Ares F3-2133C11D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $119.00
Western Digital WD Black 1TB WD1002FAEX

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $199.00
SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 240GB

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $489.00
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 Overclocked 2GB
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August 8, 2012 10:46:10 AM

With a $2K budget... I would be basing a build around SLI gtx 670. Your just not going to see any performance benefit building on an x79 platform for gaming. Going with an unlocked i5 on z77 will give you the required CPU performance for gaming, and free up your budget to allow for SLI gtx 670.

CPU - Intel 3570K $239.00
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

CPU Cooler - CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO - $36
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

MOBO - Asrock z77 EXtreme4 - $155
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

RAM - G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB - $55
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 1TB - $89
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

SSD - SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB - $109
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

GPU - 2 x EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB - $958 (2 x $479)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

CASE - Corsair Carbide 400R - $118
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

PSU - Antec High Current Gamer 750W - $135
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

OPTICAL - Samsung SH-222BB SATA DVDRW - $22
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

total $1916

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August 8, 2012 11:00:00 AM

Formata said:
With a $2K budget... I would be basing a build around SLI gtx 670. Your just not going to see any performance benefit building on an x79 platform for gaming. Going with an unlocked i5 on z77 will give you the required CPU performance for gaming, and free up your budget to allow for SLI gtx 670.

CPU - Intel 3570K $239.00
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

CPU Cooler - CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO - $36
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

MOBO - Asrock z77 EXtreme4 - $155
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

RAM - G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB - $55
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 1TB - $89
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

SSD - SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB - $109
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

GPU - 2 x EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB - $958 (2 x $479)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

CASE - Corsair Carbide 400R - $118
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

PSU - Antec High Current Gamer 750W - $135
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

OPTICAL - Samsung SH-222BB SATA DVDRW - $22
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

total $1916

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Nice build.
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August 8, 2012 11:33:43 AM

Thanks all for your input, it has given me something to think about.

P.S. Aren't there difficulties with sli cards as the drivers for games are relesed llater usually?
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August 8, 2012 11:35:17 AM

Thanks all for your input, it has given me something to think about.

P.S. Aren't there difficulties with sli cards as the drivers for games are relesed llater usually?
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August 8, 2012 12:09:54 PM

Why_Me said:
With that budget I would do something like this.


http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $149.00
CoolerMaster HAF XM Case

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $25.00
CoolerMaster CM Storm Force Red LED 200mm

or...

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $145.00
Corsair Carbide 500R Case - Black

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $189.00
Seasonic M12II 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Modular Power Supply

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $189.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Motherboard

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $239.00
Intel Core i5 3570K

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $75.00
CoolerMaster TPC 812 CPU Cooler

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $65.00
G.Skill Ares F3-2133C11D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $119.00
Western Digital WD Black 1TB WD1002FAEX

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $199.00
SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 240GB

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $489.00
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 Overclocked 2GB


What about a closed loop water cooler for the cpu like a corsair h60 or antec 620?
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August 8, 2012 12:21:30 PM

Water cooling shouldn't be necessary unless you really care about looks.

Speaking of the 2x SLI 670s, don't go for the EVGA version. I have it myself, and I am convinced there are better alternatives, like the Gigabyte or ASUS versions.
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August 8, 2012 12:42:04 PM

Thanks, I wanted to go for a fairly silent system. Would it be quieter with a closed loop pre-filled cpu cooler like the corsair h70 or antec 620? Is 750W really enough if I had sli gtx670's and a 3570k, 16gb of ram and 2 hardrives?
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August 8, 2012 4:38:32 PM

wraith2k said:
Thanks, I wanted to go for a fairly silent system. Would it be quieter with a closed loop pre-filled cpu cooler like the corsair h70 or antec 620? Is 750W really enough if I had sli gtx670's and a 3570k, 16gb of ram and 2 hardrives?

750w for an Ivy Bridge build is more than enough. Technically you can get by with a 650w psu for 670's in SLI but 750w gives you headroom for extra's including over clocking, drives, fans, etc....

16GB of RAM is fine if you plan on using Auto CAD, a lot of video editing, CS5, etc... otherwise 8GB of RAM is more than enough. 4GB of RAM for a gaming build will work but RAM is dirt cheap atm and everyone moved on over to 2x4GB sets.

As far as quiet goes, that CM cooler I posted is a lot more quiet than the H100 and goes head to head with it.

http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=265... <----- review of that CM cpu h/s @ Frosty Tech

http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm <----- that same CM cpu h/s on Frosty Tech's Top 5 list

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August 8, 2012 6:21:18 PM

the 660ti's should be out soon , might be worth the wait to see how they affect prices on g.cards
closed water system i would be thinking h100 not the 60
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August 8, 2012 6:25:04 PM

Unless you are running a 120Hz monitor or a high res like 2560x1440/2560x1600, one 670 is enough to max out most games.
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